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'Miracle baby' survives metal rod in head

Posted July 26, 2010
Updated July 27, 2010

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— A UNC Hospitals surgeon is calling a 17-month-old boy a “miracle baby” after he survived the removal of a metal rod lodged in his head inches from his brain.

Jessiah Jackson was playing outside of his family’s home in Leland on July 17, when he fell off of a chair and onto a rod attached to a pressure washer lying on the ground.

Jessiah's uncle, Carlton Reed, immediately tried to help.

"It scared me to death. I didn't know what to do. I just knew to keep his head still," said Reed, who has some EMT training.

A neighbor who is on the volunteer rescue squad was able to help cut the pressure washer from the rod.

With the metal rod sitting about 2 to 3 inches deep in the back of his head, Jessiah was airlifted to a Wilmington hospital and then to UNC Hospitals.

There, neurosurgeon Anand Germanwala, 34,  told family members he didn't know if he could save Jessiah.

"He didn't sugarcoat anything. He said, 'Mr. Jones, more than likely, we pull this screw out of his head, and he's going to bleed out and bleed to death,'" Jessiah's grandfather, Joseph Jones said. "When he said that, man, I just lost it."

Jessiah Jackson Leland child has metal rod removed from head

Germanwala said the rod was located at a difficult angle and next to the biggest vein in the brain.

"This could have not been in a worse location," Germanwala said.

Injury to the vein could have resulted in instant death or a massive stroke, he said.

Germanwala told the family to pray. After a two-hour surgery, the rod was removed from Jessiah’s head.

"I think we had a lot of help from above, and fortunately, everything went well," Germanwala said. "I think he is a miracle baby."

Since the procedure, Jessiah has shown no signs of long-term damage, he said. The boy is on antibiotics to prevent infection, but so far appears to be perfectly healthy.

When he is old enough, Jones said he will tell Jessiah about the ordeal.

"It's like God gave him a second chance," he said.

Jessiah is expected to be released from UNC on Tuesday.

During Jessiah's time at UNC, his grandfather had to undergo surgery for a ruptured appendix.

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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jul 28, 2010

    theroadislong, I am sorry that you do not know the awesome power of Zeus.

    Can you understand my point? If a god cannot stop the “devil’s work” of 30,000 children starving to death *every day*...then he is either powerless, sadistic or non-existent. And IMO, such a being is certainly not worthy of homage and worship.

  • ConcernedNCC Jul 28, 2010

    Chapel Hill, N.C. — A UNC Hospitals surgeon is calling a 17-month-old boy a “miracle baby” after he survived the removal of a metal rod lodged in his head inches from his brain.

    Just how far away from the head do they think this boy's brain is?

  • Ptah Jul 27, 2010

    IF your man made god was/is so awesome, then why didn't it just move the metal stake out of the way?

    Decisions, decisions, decisions.

  • Ptah Jul 27, 2010

    "These surgeons saved this little boy with the help and grace of God! God gave them the talent and abilities to save lives,"

    What a bunch of rationalizations and outright lies. You have no proof of that at all.

    This child was saved because these doctors, nurses and other medical staff were highly trained. Maybe if YOU read more often, you'd be beyond a tin man and have more than half a brain.

  • Ptah Jul 27, 2010

    "C'mon people...let's give credit for this life where it belongs...to the Doctor, his staff and the hospital."

    Exactly Hereandnow99

  • luvdolphin2 Jul 27, 2010

    ....Delusional talk again from the blind sheep -ptahandatum2

    Everyone has the right to believe/not believe in who/whomever they want!! If you choose not to beleive, then so be it but do not tarnish this joyous news with atheist attacks. The focus is on the miracle of this precious young boy's survival...plain and simple. Geesh

    Now...I'm so glad to hear some great news for a change!! Great story WRAL and may God continue to bless this young boy and his family!!

  • theroadislong Jul 27, 2010

    hereandnow99 - I am sorry that you do not know the awesome power of God! These surgeons saved this little boy with the help and grace of God! God gave them the talent and abilities to save lives, including the life of this little boy. As for the "over 30,000 children who starve to death daily.." that is not the work of God, but the enemy and the fact that you would blame God for the devil's work shows how ignorant to the Word you are.

  • mochabrown Jul 27, 2010

    Give credit to God....and His name is not ZEUS. But JEHOVAH.

  • DiscoStu65 Jul 27, 2010

    don't worry, God loves miserable athiests too

  • NCSU2004 Jul 27, 2010

    ptahandatum2

    Whatever, you just want to start something.

    Glad the child is going to be ok!

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